Thursday 21 September 2017

Garda College audit . . . the key points

The Garda college in Templemore, Co. Tipperary Picture: Damien Eagers
The Garda college in Templemore, Co. Tipperary Picture: Damien Eagers

The Garda College operated 48 different bank accounts, leading to a "non-transparent system of accounting".

* Garda auditors have recommended all bar two accounts be shut down.

* Bank accounts were used for purposes other than those for which they were intended, such as the purchase of gifts.

* Almost €125,000 in rent went into a Garda account instead of to the OPW.

* Spending on entertainment, retirement functions and sponsorship was a feature of some accounts.

* Garda staff assigned to administrative roles in the college had no training or experience of administration.

* Staff also lacked knowledge of public financial procedures and other governance codes.

* Concerns about financial irregularities were first raised in 2006 and again in 2008.

* Some changes were made in 2010, but 10 out of 12 recommendations were not implemented.

* The Garda Commissioner has accepted recommendations from auditors and claims the failings are a legacy issue.

Irish Independent

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